Brown Rice Fritters Parmesan-Style

Ingredients

2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice (this should be fairly dry in consistency, but not dried out - if you pull
1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano (I'll admit to using a 4-cheese mix here)
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano (I used dried from our garden - Greek oregano, not Mexican)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

1
Mix the all of ingredients together - it should be dry but sticky.
2
Using a cookie cutter as a guide (or you can use your hands), form 8 fritters on a sheet pan.
3
Place the sheet pan in the freezer for 30+ minutes to allow the cakes to firm up.
4
Remove from the freezer and dredge in flour.
5
Heat 1/4 c olive oil and 2 - 3 T butter in a skillet until the butter finishes foaming.
6
Add the rice cakes, working in batches, and turn only once each. You can cook each side for about 2 minutes until they're brown. Turning more than once makes them fall apart. Don't worry about cooking the sides.
7
Set the cakes aside and pour out the grease from the frying pan.
8
To that same oven-proof skillet, add tomato sauce (we had jazzed it up a bit with some herbs, some cooked onions and garlic, and pappadew peppers) and let it come up to heat.
9
In went the fritters, we put a spoon of tomato sauce on those, and then a nice slice of mozzarella.
10
The whole thing went into the oven at 415 degrees to melt, turn up the heat to broil for some nice color.

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Out of the May 2008 Saveur came an inspiration for an Italian-style comfort dinner...brown rice fritters topped with melted mozzarella, swimming in tangy tomato sauce. This is a great vegetarian dish, for those who still eat eggs and cheese.

This is done in two stages - you make the brown rice fritters first, and then you add the accompanying ingredients to make it Parmesan-style.

Yield:

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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 4:43pm

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